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Bob Gaydos is a veteran of 40-plus years in daily newspapers. He began as police reporter with The (Binghamton, N.Y.) Sun-Bulletin, eventually covering government and politics as well as serving as city editor, features editor, sports editor and executive editor. He was also managing editor of the Evening Capital in Annapolis, Md. He retired from daily newspapering in 2007 after 29 years with the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, N.Y., where he was Sunday/features editor and, for 23 years, editorial page editor. He won numerous awards for his editorials from the New York Newspaper Publishers Association and The Associated Press and in 1992 was a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. Gaydos continues to write on a freelance basis, including a column on addiction for the Record. He is also focused on guiding his two sons, Max and Zack, through college.
SHARE Saturday, August 24, 2019 I finally got to Woodstock. Peace
We are not a mellow nation at the moment, but it was a mellow concert at Bethel Woods celebrating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Peace. Love. Hope.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 10, 2019 A vocabulary for the Trump era
From "misogynist" to "narcissist" to "emoluments "and "quisling," Trump has forced us to improve our vocabulary, if not his.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 9, 2019 A great weekend for America
The Epstein story is as sordid as the women's soccer story is salubrious, yet it also stirred a feeling in me - and others, I believe - of, "Yes! Good! Terrific!"
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, July 1, 2019 Happy Birthday to us, America
What Trump is doing is not normal, America, and it's important to say so. In fact, I am proud and grateful that I live in a country that still grants me that freedom.
(11 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 22, 2019 The sad truth: It's all B.S.
The difference between liars and bullshitters is that liars are acquainted with the truth. They have to be to maintain their lies. There is a discipline involved. Bullshitters don't care.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 6, 2019 An addict by any other name, please
Researchers say that changing the way we talk about addiction - referring to people with a heroin addiction rather than heroin addicts, . for example - could reduce the stigma and encourage more people to seek recovery.
SHARE Thursday, December 27, 2018 Pundit or no, Trump's got to go
I never thought of myself as a pundit, but today, apparently, the definition has changed. So, punditly speaking, I find myself depressed and mystified that polls continue to report that 80 percent of Republicans think Donald Trump is doing a good job as president.
SHARE Sunday, December 16, 2018 In search of 21 influential thinkers
Who are the Teslas, Edisons, Jungs who will shape this still-young century? We're not looking back. And this is a cooperative venture. What do you think?
(21 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 2, 2018 It’s time to un-dumb America
The Fox News Generation, fed a daily diet of fear and fiction, may be beyond saving, but there's still time and hope for the youngsters. Knowledge is power. Our schools need to step up their game.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 18, 2018 America's in need of an intervention
Trump, who doesn't drink, is a sucker for applause, adulation. It's his alcohol. He sank into a deep withdrawal when the pre-vote campaign rallies ended. A dry drunk if there ever was one.
SHARE Saturday, November 10, 2018 The buck never stops at Trump's desk
A lousy appointment for attorney general? Republicans losing congressional races? "Hey, never met the guy. And they never asked for my help." Not his fault. Never is.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 3, 2018 Maybe it's just me, but why would they throw rocks?
If you're fleeing violence, looking for a safe haven, why would you throw rocks at armed troops at your chosen destination? You wouldn't. It's a ruse to rile the bigoted base. Also, Khashoggi and mail bombs. Maybe it's just me, but none of this is normal.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Evangelicals/Trump: Marriage of convenience
The key to my finally understanding the evangelical embrace of Trump, the most amoral, immoral, irreligious occupant of the White House perhaps ever, is realizing I had it backwards. It doesn't matter to Bakker. The worse Trump is the sooner the holy war can start.
SHARE Saturday, August 11, 2018 Bobby B, Lebron, Elon and Tom Wolfe
What do Bobby Bonilla, Lebron James, Elon Musk and Tom Wolfe have in common? They were all on a list on my phone. I figured if these names were on a list of newsmakers, I should at least tell people why.
SHARE Saturday, August 4, 2018 TAD? TFS? Whatever ... I've got it
It's downright tiring writing the same thing over and over again: Dotard did/said something dumb or cruel, or both. Then he lied about it. Republicans didn't care (they've committed suicide) and his loyalists cheered. End of story.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 1, 2018 'Enemy of the people'? Not the press
Words have power. When those in position of power use words recklessly -- and Trump does so routinely -- innocent people can be hurt. The facts speak for themselves. The Amendments to the Constitution are in order for a reason. People should not have to live in fear for speaking or writing the truth. That's what makes America great.